St. Thomas, also called Saint with a Pike (1625-1630). Georges de la Tour (French, 1593-1652). Tenebrism, Baroque, The Caravaggisti, religious painting. Oil on canvas. Louvre, Paris.
The Caravaggisti (or “Caravagesques”) were stylistic followers of the 16th century Italian Baroque painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. His influence on the new Baroque style that eventually emerged from Mannerism was profound.
La Tour is best known for the nocturnal light effects which he developed much further than his artistic predecessors had done, and transferred their use to genre subjects.